School of Mathematics
Abstract: For surfaces immersed into a compact Riemannian manifold, we consider the curvature functional given by the $L^2$ integral of the second fundamental form. We discuss an an area bound in terms of that functional, with application to the existence of minimizers (joint work with V. Bangert).
Abstract : It is a joint work with G. Courtois, S. Gallot and A.Sambusetti. We prove a compactness theorem for metric spaces with anupper bound on the entropy and other conditions that will be discussed.Several finiteness results will be drawn. It is a work in progress.
Abstract: For a given finite subset S of a compact Riemannian manifold (M; g) whose Schouten curvature tensor belongs to a given cone, we establish a necessary and
sufficient condition for the existence and uniqueness of a conformal metric on $M \setminus S$ such that each point of S corresponds to an asymptotically flat end and
that the Schouten tensor of the new conformal metric belongs to the boundary of the given cone. This is a joint work with Luc Nguyen.
Abstract: Finding non-constant harmonic 3-spheres for a closed target manifold N is a prototype of a super-critical variational problem. In fact, the
direct method fails, as the infimum of the Dirichlet energy in any homotopy class of maps from the 3-sphere to any closed N is zero; moreover, the
harmonic map heat flow may blow up in finite time, and even the identity map from the 3-sphere to itself is not stable under this flow.
Abstract: The spacetime positive mass theorem says that an asymptotically flat initial data set with the dominant energy condition must have a timelike energy-momentum vector, unless the initial data set is in the Minkowski spacetime. We will review backgrounds and recent progress toward this statement.
Abstract: Functional Determinants are quantities constructed out of spectra of conformally covariant operators, and are explicit in dimension two and four, due to formulas by Polyakov and Branson-Oersted. Extremizing them in a conformal class amounts to solving Liouville equations with principal parts of different order but all scaling invariant. We discuss some existence, uniqueness, non-uniqueness results and some open problems. This is joint work with M.Gursky and P.Esposito.